Apps Perfect for College Students (And One That is Questionable)
Not all apps are created equal, and some are better for the college student than others. Here are three downloadable apps — and one that isn’t — that could make university life a little easier, and frequently, inexpensive.
Getting around town and campus is a problem with many solutions for college students. Many choose the cheap and healthy choice of riding a bicycle between classes, home and town. But bicycles are also a common target for theft due to their nature of getting left unattended, with or without a lock. According the National Bike Registry, 1.5 million bicycles are stolen a year. “Project 529” aims to help combat that alarming statistic by empowering smart device users to help each other and aid the police.
Both an online network and a smart device app, “Project 529” walks users through a few simple steps to help ensure that stolen bikes are recovered quickly and safely. First, by instructing users to take five minutes to photograph and store important identifying elements of their bike, like serial numbers and its appearance, then adding extra information, like insurance, for quick access for police. If your bike is stolen, “Project 529” has an alert feature that sends out notifications to other users in the area and on the network, the police and insurance companies.
The eternal struggle of college students – behind actually paying for college – is the battle to obtain food regularly on a limited budget. While there are many apps that exist that can give good deals to special places, like Groupon, students might prefer something more regular and practical. Enter “Flipp,” a way to save money on groceries and food on a consistent basis.
Though “Flipp” may not offer coupons for a fancy dinner and brunch, “Flipp” does provide quick and easy access to the kind of coupons and deals that are usually found in newspapers or flyers. For a college student on a budget, the ability to quickly find deals on groceries without having to clip coupons from a stack of papers can prove useful and more cost effective than going out to eat so much. “Flipp” is especially practical in that it caters to stores and shops in your local area, saving time and gas.
As any student knows, college is not all about what is happening on campus. The college life is also about what’s happening around and off campus. “Eventbrite” is an app that allows people to easily find events, local and otherwise, and buy tickets easily. On the other end of the spectrum, “Eventbrite” also allows event organizers to easily set up, promote and manage attendees from the very same app.
Interested in attending a local concert or festival? “Eventbrite” easily allows you to share your interest via Facebook and Twitter, and then coordinate with any friends that might also wish to attend. This can all be done from a smartphone, including admission to the event itself as the phone can be used to check-in or acquire a Wi-Fi enabled wristband. If you are organizing an event, such as a club event or band gig, “Eventbrite” can use a phone’s camera to validate tickets and the app offers a way to track attendance stats and sales.
Billed as the “Tinder for street fights,” “Rumblr” purported to provide a mobile way for prospective tough guys to schedule fights on the street. The app would have contained ways of rating and trash talking opponents before arranging a place to rumble on the map, where presumably they would work out their differences in a constructive manner befitting grown men.
Anyone looking forward to such a dubious and questionably-legal app will be disappointed however. When the release date of Nov. 9 came and went, the creators of “Rumblr” revealed that it had all been hoax.
Started by a creative consulting agency, von Hughes, “Rumblr” was something of a satirical fake app meant to drum up interest through viral Internet sharing. Von Hughes wished to turn the viral success “into something positive” by creating awareness for domestic and gang violence.
“Rumblr” is not available on any platform.